Congratulations to Art History major and graduating senior Isabella Gaitán, recipient of AU’s Evelyn Swarthout Hayes Award. The award honors a student who has contributed most to the University through the arts while maintaining a high academic average. Isabella received her award in a pre-commencement ceremony officiated by President Sylvia Burwell.
A native of Colombia who declared an Art History major from the start, Isabella challenged herself by enrolling in a broad range of high-level courses that spanned geographies and temporalities, from Latin American art, to art of the Renaissance, to modern European and contemporary art. She was selected to present her paper on the Colombian painter Ana Mercedes Hoyos at CAS’s Mathias Student Research Conference in 2017. One of Isabella’s most important campus contributions to the arts on campus was in the General Education Faculty Assistant Program, for which over four semesters she assisted students in study group and review sessions, facilitated class discussions, and held electronic office hours. While abroad in Paris in 2017, she represented AU internationally by volunteering for “Les 111 Des Arts” exhibition, for which she helped to install works of art in a gallery setting. In her internship at the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, she produced videos of AU students attesting to the importance of the arts in contemporary society.
Once again, congratulations Isabella!